Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens

Last updated May 14, 2019 - 8:26 am
Memorial Gardens
  • Year 1975 | Acres 2.4
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  • First public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

Mission Statement

  • To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and contributions to peace, justice, equality, human dignity, and education by expanding and enhancing the MLK Memorial Gardens , providing a unique historic and educational destination for the citizens of Raleigh, the people of North Carolina and the Nation.


Rendering of building at MLK Gardens
  • Enrich the commemorative experience
  • Support education opportunities
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Complement downtown development
  • Provide safe, friendly and sustainable leisure environment
  • Improve vehicular and pedestrian accessibility

MLK Jr. Statue

  • The 6-foot-2-inch life-size sculpture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was commissioned to commemorate the creation of a memorial garden heralding the achievements of local and national leaders.
  • Part of Raleigh's Public Art Collection

Water Monument

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  • Water Monument
  • 12-ton granite water monument
  • Honors the area's notable pioneers in the civil rights movement.

Shelters (1)

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  • 17 tables
  • One grill
  • Up to 133 people
  • Electricity available
  • $15/hour, 2 hour minimum
  • Parking is limited (30 cars)

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